The annual Fairview Christmas parade will go on despite the COVID-19 pandemic – but this year, there is a reverse twist to the traditional event.
“The Fairview Area Chamber of Commerce is so excited to announce we will be hosting a reverse Christmas parade on December 12,” shared Tabitha Bassett, a director with the Fairview Chamber.
Bassett explained, “For this year’s Christmas parade, there will be static displays set up to create kind of a little Christmas Village in Bowie Nature Park where people can drive through and see parade entries.”
This year’s parade theme is “A Magical Christmas” and the 2020 Fairview Reverse Christmas Parade will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 12 to allow all parade entries the opportunity to use lights in their display in hopes of creating a truly magical effect.
“We think the nighttime parades have been really fun and want to keep that feature this year,” said Bassett. However, she noted parade entries are responsible for their power source and only quiet, reliable, power generators will be allowed in the park.
The reverse parade route will allow attendees to drive along a one-way loop through the beautiful Bowie Nature Park to capture all the magical scenes and performances.
There will also be designated stops along the parade route where candy will be distributed, but no entries are allowed to hand out candy or promotional items in an effort to maintain a safe distance and safe flow of drive-through spectators.
Bassett confirmed that Santa will be present for all to see near the end of the parade route.
All Fairview area businesses, organizations, churches, sports teams, school groups, families and individuals are encouraged to reserve their 12 foot-by-12 foot presentation space for $20. Chamber members and non-profits will receive a $10 discount.
The chamber is also seeking businesses to sponsor a float/staged area or any participants. You can contact Tabitha Bassett by email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in sponsorship.
Bassett said the Chamber and been in communication with the City of Fairview in hopes of keeping the tradition alive in 2020 even during the unusual circumstances and restrictions of 2020.
“It’s really about staying healthy and keeping everyone involved safe, and this eliminates the risk associated with traffic and congestion” said Bassett.
See the Fairview Reverse Christmas Parade application and rules on page A7 in our November 11 issue of Main Street Fairview.